HOW PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION.
With the high production of over 260 million tons of plastic the world produces each year, about 10 percent ends up in the Ocean, according to a Greenpeace report. According to the current global statistics, Billions of pounds of plastic can be found in swirling convergences in the oceans making up about 40 percent of the world’s ocean surfaces. 80 percent of pollution enters the ocean from the land.
Plastic items take between 10-1000years to decompose whereas by 2080 it’s estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in oceans and lakes. This creates a great risk to farming and the entire human race on planet earth.
Plastic pollution is a global challenge and to reduce the production and circulation of plastic to the market and environment is a mountain to climb that has no measure highest since economically it has contributed in creating jobs globally and uplifting the economic status of individuals, companies and as well as governments.
There is no permanent solution through which plastic pollution would be curbed, however with new innovations of recycling and collective efforts in creating a plastic free universe; war against plastic pollution can be won.
Rural Focus Initiative Uganda(RuFI Uganda) is currently producing items from plastic, the SHOPPING BAGS, first to provide a solution to replace the native uncountable polythene bags that are supplied to the market that are mostly used for shopping. The life span for our shopping bags is 3years and 5years for single layer and double layer Carrions (shopping bags) respectively. This will reduce up to more than 10kgs of polythene bags used per individual annually.
Therefore, using a shopping bag, one directly contributes to the reduction in circulation of long term decomposing materials that many don’t know how harmful they are to their lives and the danger they are causing for the future.